Ideas for Using Fast2Fuse Fusible Interfacing

Uses for Fast2Fuse

Fast2Fuse is a fusible interfacing. It comes in three thicknesses: light, regular, and heavyweight. You can buy sheets of it for smaller projects and by the bolt for larger projects. It is stiff like cardboard, but is pliable and washable like fabric. What sets it apart is that it is an iron on fusible, so you simply place fabric on both sides of it and press both sides to fuse in place. This means the fabric won't slip as you work with it and you don't have to purchase an extra adhesive. It can be used in a large number and variety of craft, sewing, and quilting projects. Most of these projects are quick and easy to make, so they are ideal for craft fairs and bazaars.

Qualities of Fast2Fuse

  • Fusible on both sides
  • comes in sheets or on a bolt
  • firm but flexible
  • does not fray easily
  • easy to mark
  • easy to cut
  • easy to sew (as long as you don't have too many layers)
  • does not tear or stretch


C&T Publishing recently sent me a sample of Fast2Fuse and asked me to make a project that they could use in their advertising. I was very happy to see that this product is on the market, because there are so many uses for it.

I have used two other products that remind me of Fast2Fuse: Steam-a-Seam and Timtex. Steam-a-Seam2 is a lightweight fusible that is fusible on both sides. Steam-a-Seam is great for appliqué projects. I have also used Timtex, which is a heavyweight product that works well with projects that need some stiffness and body. I like to use it for bowls, boxes, vases and bags. I was very happy to see that Fast2Fuse came on the market since it combines both of these to provide a heavyweight product that is fusible on both sides.

Number Cards for Practicing Math Facts

These "cards" were made using Fast2Fuse and can be used to practice math facts.
These "cards" were made using Fast2Fuse and can be used to practice math facts. | Source

Fast2Fuse Fusible Interfacing from Amazon

fast2fuse Fusible Interfacing Light -15"X18" 1/Pkg
fast2fuse Fusible Interfacing Light -15"X18" 1/Pkg

Fast2Fuse and other interfacing products are available from Amazon in light, medium and heavyweight versions.

 

How to Use Fast2Fuse

Fast2Fuse Light is an easy to use product. You simply place fabric, right side out on both sides and press on both sides to fuse the fabric to the interfacing. Cut out into the desired shape(s). You need to use sharp scissors that can cut through the layers. You can zigzag or satin stitch the edges to encase them and/or sew these shapes together to make a lot of different projects such as the ones that are listed in this article. Sewing together that many layers can be awkward but a sturdy sewing machine with a new needle should be able to handle it without difficulty.

Make Coffee Cup Sleeves

Deciding How to Use Fast2Fuse

My first thought that Fast2Fuse could be used in any project that used Timtex. I had been given one sheet to work with, and even though I could go to the store to buy another sheet if necessary, I wanted to limit myself to this one sheet. I was afraid that I may make a mistake or make a product that was not worthy of submission. I decided to make more than one thing, so I could choose which one to send to the company.

The first thing I did was to come up with some ideas on some Fast2Fuse Projects.

Amazon Patterns

Fast, Fun and Easy Fabric Bowls: 5 Reversible Shapes to Use and Display (Fast, Fun & Easy)
Fast, Fun and Easy Fabric Bowls: 5 Reversible Shapes to Use and Display (Fast, Fun & Easy)

Amazon has books on making many things with interfacing including bowls, boxes, vases, and tote bags. The bowls in this book are easy to make, useful, and pretty.

 

Uses for Fast2Fuse

Fast2Fuse Light will easily work in place of Timtex or other stiff interfacing that is used to make products such as:

  • boxes
  • tissue box covers
  • tote bags
  • purses
  • fabric bowls
  • vases
  • small quilts
  • postcards
  • artist trading cards (ATC)
  • Halloween and other costumes
  • hats
  • backpacks
  • place mats
  • coffee cup sleeves as shown on the video on this page
  • coasters
  • toys

Directions for Number Cards with Fast2Fuse

Materials:

Fast2Fuse

Fabric for background, 2 pieces the same size as the Fast2Fuse sheet

Steam-a-Seam 2 Light

Fabric Scraps for numbers

Iron

Scissors

Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat (optional)

Sewing machine, or needle and thread (optional)

Directions:

Place background fabric, right sides out on both sides of the Fast2Fuse sheet. Press both sides to fuse in place. Cut into 3" squares, using a rotary cutter if you have one, scissors if you don't. Set aside.

Trace or draw number shapes, in reverse, on the backing paper of the Steam-a-Seam. Place Steam-a-Seam on wrong side of fabric scrap. Press to fuse in place. Cut out number shapes. Peel off backing paper.

Center number shapes on the Fast2Fuse sandwich and press to fuse in place.

Zigzag or satin stitch with sewing machine or buttonhole by hand, if desired.

Number Cards with Fast2Fuse

C&T Publishing asked us to "think outside the box," so I tried to come up with ideas that weren't the first ideas that came into my mind. I had an additional challenge that my sewing machine was not working very well, so I wanted to come up with a project that did not require the use of a sewing machine.

However, the ideas I came up with are all suitable for securing with a sewing machine, and if I had trusted my machine, I would have zigzagged or satin stitched around the edges of the pieces and around the appliqué.

My first project was the number cards. These little cards can be used to help children practice their math facts. I made the numbers 0-9 and plus, minus and equal signs. I realize that to actually use the cards, I would have to make duplicate numbers, but I thought one set was enough for advertising purposes. For older children, multiplication and division signs can also be used.

Later on, I thought that another, probably better, way to make number cards would have been to make the numbers larger and cut them out directly from the Fast2Fuse sandwich instead of appliquéing numbers on the top of the sandwich. With this option, I would have saved the expense of using the Steam-a -Seam and additional fabric scrap. It would also have made the number a more textural experience for the children, as they could have felt around all the edges of the shape. To make them sturdier, securing all the raw edges with a zigzag or satin stitch using a sewing machine or stitching a buttonhole or satin stitch by hand is recommended. Velcro or other surface could be attached to the back so they can be placed around the classroom or felt board.

This coaster is made with Fast2Fuse.  The appliqué  was cut out free form from folded fabric, like a paper snowflake, and attached using Steam-a-Seam2.
This coaster is made with Fast2Fuse. The appliqué was cut out free form from folded fabric, like a paper snowflake, and attached using Steam-a-Seam2. | Source

Additional Uses for Fast2Fuse

Coasters with Fast2Fuse

I wanted to make more than one project, in case one turned out to be unsuitable to send to the company. My second project involved using a CD as a template. I originally planned to turn these into ornaments, but decided that coasters would be more practical, and simpler. I used the same leftover fabric scraps and cut them into shapes that were then fused onto the Fast2Fuse sandwich.

The materials for the coasters are the same as the for the number cards. The order of the steps was slightly different for the snowflake coaster.

Mask Coaster

The fabric for this free form mask was first pressed to the Steam-A-Seam 2 before it was cut out of fabric scraps and attached to the coaster background which was made with Fast2Fuse.  The hair is attached using Fast2Fuse for additional dimension.
The fabric for this free form mask was first pressed to the Steam-A-Seam 2 before it was cut out of fabric scraps and attached to the coaster background which was made with Fast2Fuse. The hair is attached using Fast2Fuse for additional dimension. | Source

How to Make the Snowflake Coaster:

Press background fabric to both sides of Fast2Fuse and press to fuse in place. Draw circle on background fabric, using a CD as a template. Cut out the circle. Set aside.

Draw a circle on the fabric scrap, using a CD as a template. Cut out the circle. Fold the circle in half, and in half again. Fold in half yet again. Cut out shapes from edges as you would make a paper snowflake.

Press Steam-a-Seam to wrong side of fabric snowflake. Cut away the fusible from the open spaces of the snowflake.

Position and press the snowflake shape onto the Fast2Fuse sandwich.

Satin stitch or zigzag around the edges of the shape if desired.

Note: This may seem like an unusual way to make this design. However, for the snowflake design, there are too many layers to fold the fabric with the Steam-A-Seam and paper attached. Trying to fold the fabric without out the paper caused the fusible to stick to itself.

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Comments: "Ideas for Using Fast2Fuse Fusible Interfacing" 9 comments

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your comment Roberta. Fast2Fuse would provide great body to totebags.

Thanks Sharon. Fast2Fuse is similar to fusible webbing, but comes in different thicknesses so you are more likely to find the one that works for your project.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I've used fusible webbing before and I love using it. I used it last winter on some quilts. This sounds like about the same thing so many good ideas for using it. Voted up.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

I've been working on some bag designs and am looking forward to trying out Fast2Fuse--thanks!


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Aurelio. I can see how Fast2Fuse can work to add body to theater curtains. It really is an easy product to use.

Thanks Sheri. I made all of these without sewing a single thing.

Thanks Rose, Fast2Fuse really is a versatile product for crafters.

Thanks Flourishanyway, that is a great idea! Photo transfers would be great for name tags, placemats, drink cup sleeves, coasters and so many other things.

Thanks Ruchira. I hope you enjoy playing with Fast2Fuse!


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

wow...never heard of it, Shasta.

Thanks. I will be on the look out when I go to Micheals. Great craft ideas.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Interesting ideas! I could see taking a photograph and transferring that to fabric then making a coaster out of it. You could have coasters of your favorite photos of your kids. I like your style.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a neat product! It sounds amazingly versatile. Thanks for the detailed overview. This is a great resource for many different types of crafters.


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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

I have given up sewing but there are some great ideas here. Useful hub!


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Some great ideas here. I've used fusible webbing to make theater curtains for a show I was directing and can attest that it's a fast and easy way for non-sewers such as myself to make things out of cloth. Voting this Up and Useful.

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